Truth be told, Dublin was not a priority for me when I started thinking about a loose agenda for my trip this summer, the choice was made by my best good friend Jose (or Joe, when I’m not talking with a spanish accent). In the end, Dublin was a great time, filled with live music, good drinks, and great people.
Staying in the famed Temple Bar area we were right in the middle of classic Dublin. Starting with a big touristy pit stop in the Guinness Storehouse we learned how to pour the perfect pint. The respect I have for the black beer went through the roof on that 2 hour trip, a placebo effect of sorts, considering at my core I am not a stout man. We even got a certificate that now may be hanging on top of, or next to my college degrees. The honeymoon period of being a Guinness expert lasted about an hour because the first bar we went to after the tour the bartender took us right back to reality, pouring the beer in a way that said, I dont care, we’re crowded and your tourists. I demanded satisfaction… from someone else… who did not want to get into it with a big irish bartender… He’s lucky I did not want to get my certificate wet, because I would have thrown it right in his face.
The live music was amazing, with the same backbone of songs for every set, but even with the repetition it did not lose its flair. We were also able to catch an irish dance battle, that was similar to the lord of the dance guy from the late 90’s. I was also called out from a band at one of the bars, after I told them I lived in Casablanca, they asked me if I had ever been to the irish pub in Casa, when I told them yes, and that the pub did not have Guinness on tap the guitarist gave me an approving “Obama Meme” nod, so I gladly took the best sip of beer I have had in recent memory.
***Free, Interesting, True, Sidenote of the day: For everyone who watched The Wire. I always knew the Character Walon (bubbles sponsor from the last season) was a musician, but never much more than that. In real life his name is Steve Earle and he wrote the song Galway Girl, which was a staple in the live music scene in Dublin.